Category: Music

Music to look at

We seem to have invented for ourselves a new dilemma.   The demand for old music in our concert halls continues undiminished in strength, though the listeners grow older, more tired and, most likely, less perceptive – for how far away…

Why collaborate?

For artists, photographers, musicians, writers and other arts practitioners at all levels, it is all too easy to become isolated. We can work alone, often from home, and it can sometimes be difficult to engage with a wider community of…

What's in a name …?

Looking up from the programme, a puzzled expression crossed the child’s face as he asked: ‘What’s a lieder recital?’  ‘A song recital’.  ‘So what’s lieder?’  ‘German for songs’.  ‘So why . . . .?’.   And well might the apparently naïve…

Night Music

This post features music composed by Edinburgh based music student Jamie Dunnett.  He writes as follows. “Night Music was written specifically for OCA tutor and professional flautist Carla Rees to play at the composition workshop in November 2011. The brief…

Musical highlights of 2011

Just before we turn off the lights and lock the door on 2011, here are the musical highlights – as chosen by members of the OCA music team. Duncan Druce:  For about a decade, each June, I’ve been spending a…

Finding arty gems in the haystack

As we all know, the web provides a great array of wonderful stuff, but it is a challenge to sift the good from the indifferent and downright bad. But now an initiative based on a philosophy of collaboration in the…